As many of you know for the last couple of years I have made the trip to Peoria to soak in the sun and watch the Mariners as they got ready for the season. Both experiences were great and I highly recommend the trip south if you have never done it be
fore. Sadly on both occasions Spring Training turned out to be the highlight of both the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
So this year I have decided to stay home here in gloomy Seattle as I just can’t seem to get excited about the 2012 Mariners though it appears there is a good chance they will be better than the last two years clubs. I don’t think I’m alone with my “Wait and See” attitude here in the NW, in fact it seems that after 35 years many of the loyal die-hard fans I know are suffering from broken hearts on this Valentines Day when it comes to rooting for the Mariners.
I do wish I would have gotten a chance to see Ichiro up close one more time as he probably will be done after 2012 barring an amazing comeback. I suppose the same can be said for Chone Figgins, though I’m not sure if I ever want to see him again wearing a Mariners uniform whether I’m in Peoria or down at Safeco Field. And of course we have some good young talent that could surprise us all this year if everything clicks, but I don’t see anyway we are going to compete with the likes of the Rangers or Angels here in the AL West this season.
It will also be the second year without Dave Niehaus around and so that link to the past will begin to fade away and the Mariners organization will have to really go out on a limb with the marketing squad if they expect to pull on our heart-strings one more time with references to the glory days from 1995-2001. I suppose this years slogan will be something like “It’s Going to get Better Soon”. Or maybe some sort of reference to the Klondike Gold Rush era with: ” Mariners Prospecting for Gold” complete with new bobbleheads of our guys in “turn of the century outfits”.
I suppose I may sound a bit negative and perhaps a trip to Arizona would have done me good but this Mariners Fan just can’t seem to get excited about this year. Let me know how all of you are feeling about this season, if your upbeat tell me why, if not now is your chance to share a Spring Training rant with the rest of Mariners Nation. Go M’s http://jeffsmariners.com